Jones Report: The Grand Chessboard


Richard Moore

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America's Role as the First, Only, and Last Truly Global Superpower
The Grand Chessboard Part 1
Brent Jessop / | October 1, 2007

In Zbigniew Brzezinski's The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and 
Its Geostrategic Imperatives (1997), he outlines his case for how 
current American global supremacy should be used to further a long 
running elite plan for the unification of the world under the 
dictates of the United Nations.

For those who don't know, among many other things, Brzezinski was an 
advisor to John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, and 
Jimmy Carter. He was also the first director of the Trilateral 
Commission and board member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 
Currently he is a top foreign policy advisor to the Barack Obama 
campaign for presidency.

Controlling Eurasia With American Imperial Power
 From The Grand Chessboard:

"In brief, for the United States, Eurasian geostrategy involves the 
purposeful management of geostrategically dynamic states and the 
careful handling of geopolitically catalytic states, in keeping with 
the twin interests of America in the short-term preservation of its 
unique global power and in the long-run transformation of it into 
increasingly institutionalized global cooperation. To put it in a 
terminology that hearkens back to the more brutal age of ancient 
empires, the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy are to 
prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, 
to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians 
from coming together." - 40

"...the issue of how a globally engaged America copes with the 
complex Eurasian power relationships - and particularly whether it 
prevents the emergence of a dominant and antagonistic Eurasian power 
-- remains central to America's capacity to exercise global primacy." 
- xiii

"A geostrategic issue of crucial importance is posed by China's 
emergence as a major power. The most appealing outcome would be to 
co-opt a democratizing and free-marketing China into a larger Asian 
regional framework of cooperation." - 54

"In effect, Japan should be America's global partner in tackling the 
new agenda of world affairs. A regionally preeminent China should 
become America's Far Eastern anchor in the more traditional domain of 
power politics, helping thereby to foster a Eurasian balance of 
power, with Greater China in Eurasia's East matching in that respect 
the role of an enlarging Europe in Eurasia's West." - 193

False Choice

Like a good con man, Brzezinski insists that there is only one 
alternative to American imperial domination of Eurasia and thus the 
world. Of course, there is little time to take advantage of this 
"narrow window of historical opportunity".

"In brief, America as the world's premier power does face a narrow 
window of historical opportunity. The present moment of relative 
global peace may be short lived. This prospect underlines the urgent 
need for an American engagement in the world that is deliberately 
focused on the enhancement of international geopolitical 
stability..." - 213

"The sudden emergence of the first and only global power has created 
a situation in which an equally quick end to its supremacy -- either 
because of America's withdrawal from the world or because of the 
sudden emergence of a successful rival -- would produce massive 
international instability. In effect, it would prompt global 
anarchy." [emphasis mine] - 30

"In that context, for some time to come -- for more than a generation 
-- America's status as the world's premier power is unlikely to be 
contested by any single challenger. No nation-state is likely to 
match America in the four key dimensions of power (military, 
economic, technological, and cultural) that cumulatively produce 
decisive global political clout. Short of a deliberate or 
unintentional American abdication, the only real alternative to 
American global leadership in the foreseeable future is international 
anarchy. In that respect, it is correct to assert that America has 
become, as President Clinton put it, the world's "indispensable 
nation." " [emphasis mine] - 195

The Legacy of American Imperialism is United Nations Control

"Accordingly, once American leadership begins to fade, America's 
current global predominance is unlikely to be replicated by any 
single state. Thus, the key question for the future is "What will 
America bequeath to the world as the enduring legacy of its primacy?" 
" - 210

"Meeting these challenges is America's burden as well as its unique 
responsibility. Given the reality of American democracy, an effective 
response will require generating a public understanding of the 
continuing importance of American power in shaping a widening 
framework of stable geopolitical cooperation, one that simultaneously 
averts global anarchy and successfully defers the emergence of a new 
power challenge. These two goals-- averting global anarchy and 
impeding the emergence of a power rival-- are inseparable from the 
longer-range definition of the purpose of America's global 
engagement, namely, that of forging an enduring framework of global 
geopolitical cooperation." [emphasis mine] - 214

"In brief, the U.S. policy goal must be unapologetically twofold: to 
perpetuate America's own dominant position for at least a generation 
and preferably longer still; and to create a geopolitical framework 
that can absorb the inevitable shocks and strains of social-political 
change while evolving into the geopolitical core of shared 
responsibility for peaceful global management. A prolonged phase of 
gradually expanding cooperation with key Eurasian partners, both 
stimulated and arbitrated by America, can also help to foster the 
preconditions for an eventual upgrading of the existing and 
increasingly antiquated UN [United Nations] structures. A new 
distribution of responsibilities and privileges can then take into 
account the changed realities of global power, so drastically 
different from those of 1945." [emphasis mine] - 215

In Closing

My next article will examine the obstacles to the effective use of 
American imperial power as well as the methods described by 
Brzezinski to be used to guide the world into this new system 
including the necessary decay of American primacy.

A fitting way to end this article is with the final paragraph from 
The Grand Chessboard:

"In the course of the next several decades, a functioning structure 
of global cooperation, based on geopolitical realities, could thus 
emerge and gradually assume the mantle of the world's current 
"regent," which has for the time being assumed the burden of 
responsibility for world stability and peace. Geostrategic success in 
that cause would represent a fitting legacy of America's role as the 
first, only, and last truly global superpower." - 215

[links in the original]:
The Grand Chessboard Part 2: Cultural Decay and Motivating Empire
The Grand Chessboard Part 3: Supranational Unions As A Stepping Stone
The Grand Chessboard Part 4: Interdependence and the Luxury of War

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